OKC man killed by hit and run driver, family seeks answers

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- An Oklahoma City man was killed while walking down the street just a block away from his home.

The deadly hit and run took place Thursday night at SW 39th and Portland.

Police are now searching for the driver responsible for the crash.

"It's just devastating," said the victim's son, Juan Lopez. "I just think it's messed up they took my dad's life like that."

Juan says his dad, Lino Lopez was walking back home from a nearby Dollar General when the deadly crash happened.

"I just hope the police get us answers and find out who did it," Juan said.

"There's a killer out there, and we need to bring them to justice," said the victim's oldest son, Carlos Lopez.

Oklahoma City police showed up Thursday night to investigate the crime.

They say the suspect had likely been driving a light colored 1999 Ford F-150 pickup, which is now missing pieces of the front grill and the Ford logo.

Police say the crash is not officially a homicide, but the driver could still face a number of criminal charges.

"It's a felony to leave the scene of an injury or fatal accident," said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.

"The driver could have got out, but they didn't bother to do that," said another family member, Erma Mares.

Lopez's family says they still find it hard to understand why the mystery driver refused pull over, and that they want the driver caught and held accountable.

"I hope they catch them because it could happen to somebody else," said Mares.

"Somebody could have seen something. Please come say something, because our family needs answers," said Carlos Lopez.

The victim leaves behind a wife and five kids.

Police say he did not have any criminal history.

Anyone with information can contact the Oklahoma City police department's hit and run tip line.

That number is 297-1143.

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